Jobs and Labor

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Food Workers' Union Authorizes a Strike of Stop & Shop Grocery Stores in the New York City Metro Area

    If you haven't done your grocery shopping yet, now might be the time to stock up. On Monday at roughly 7:30 p.m., workers of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 authorized a strike of Stop & Shop supermarket, which employs 5,500 workers represented by the union. The strike would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    SUNY Downstate Won't Fire 500 People at Long Island College Hospital After All. For Now.

    Since the summer, the fight over Cobble Hill's Long Island College Hospital has dragged on and on and on, with its parent company, SUNY Downstate, saying the hospital is losing millions and must close its doors. On the other side is the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Public Advocate/i ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Strike Averted! (For Now); Longshoremen and Container-Carriers Agree to Negotiation Extension

    Longshoremen workers at ports along the East and Gulf Coasts were set to go on strike Sunday. That's before their union agreed to extend contract negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Alliance for at least another month. In other words, we were threatened with the frightening prospect of losing out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    New Yorkers: Gov. Andrew Cuomo More Trustworthy Than United Federation of Teachers

    New Yorkers trust their gov more than the public school teachers union to protect kids' interests, according to a Quinnipiac University poll that came out this morning. The study has been released shortly after another survey in which voters said they trust the union more than Mayor Mike Bloomberg - ... More >>

  • News

    November 23, 2011

    Look for the Occupy Label

    The uneasy marriage between labor and Occupy Wall Street

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Back to School at LIU? Faculty On Strike, Locked Out

    Striking faculty outside of LIU's downtown Brooklyn campus​Update below: LIU releases statement that deal with union could come on Monday. Like most schools in the city, this week was supposed to mark the normal start of fall classes at Long Island University's downtown Brooklyn campus. Inst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Injustice! Employers Discriminate Against Boozing Job Applicants

    ​There are certain times in our worklife that we imagine boozing might be almost a requirement of our job -- writers are by and large some of the drinkingest people out there, after all; a little whiskey hones our already razor-sharp wits, while only ever-so-slightly decreasing our type speed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Furloughs? David Paterson Backs Himself Into a Bad Position, Again

    ​Maybe it's just David Paterson fatigue. The media is so tired of kicking the governor around that we're letting him posture as a bulwark against fiscal madness when he's one of its causes. It took a federal judge a minute or two to figure out that Paterson's furlough plan was an illegal vio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    MTA Meets the People, Before Deciding on New Reasons to Hate Them.

    ​You think your morning commute sucked? Imagine taking the subway to go talk to the MTA this morning.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Old Grey Lady Cuts 100 Newsroom Jobs

    ​New York Times editor Bill Keller e-mailed in word today to his staffers that the paper is going to cut 100 newsroom jobs by the end of December. Times staffers had already taken 5 percent pay cuts earlier this year to fend off job losses.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Back to School for Bus Hoods

    In a different kind of back to school special, a pair of brothers who served as top officials of the union representing city school bus drivers pleaded guilty today to extortion charges in Manhattan federal court. Nick and Paul Maddalone became, respectively, the fourth and fifth high-ranking e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Waiters, Other Tip-Earners Screwed on Minimum Wage, Says Study

    The raise in the national minimum wage to $7.25 that goes into effect tomorrow gives some relief to America's most hard-pressed workers. But as you might imagine there are loopholes. For employees who make much of their money on gratuities -- including waiters, waitresses, and bartenders -- the mini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    The Latest in the Stella D'oro Saga

    The Stella saga continues: According to a report yesterday in Crain's New York, the union representing workers at the Stella D'oro factory has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board to try to halt the Bronx factory's planned closure. After going on strike last August, the factory's 13 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Jockbeat: Red Sox Cry Uncle After Yanks Spend Half a Billion

    For years, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been locked in a bidding war for baseball's highest priced free agents. And now it appears that the Red Sox have finally blinked.According to the Associated Press and Business Week, Red Sox owner John Henry called -- for the second time -- for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Staten Island Senator Talks Back to Mayor

    Even Staten Islanders are cracking on Bloomberg these days. Staten Island-based state senator Diane Savino is the new senate civil service and pensions committee chair, and she said yesterday in the Staten Island Advance that when it comes to changing pension and compensation plans for new civil ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Wal-Mart Death: Don't Mourn, Organize

    The horrible death of Wal-mart employee Jdimytai Damour at the Green Acres mall in Valley Stream on Black Friday has occasioned all kinds of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about consumer greed, but the real blame may lie less in the behavior of a whipped-up crowd than the notoriously worker-unfrie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    NY State Shuffles, Deals Jobless' Social Security Numbers

    If you applied for unemployment insurance recently, the state department of labor may have accidentally sent some of your vital information to other people. Politics on the Hudson talks to Nathan Greene of Rochester, who got a note to that effect from the DOL -- which also contained the name and soc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Thompson Uses NYC Pensions to Push For LGBT Worker Protections

    Photo by Marla Maritzer Long aggressive in the use of shareholder resolutions to pressure corporations to assume socially responsible stances, the New York City Pension Funds took an unprecedented step toward workplace equality for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender employees on Tuesday. Comptro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2008

    Kimya Dawson, Conan, Whoopie, Tonight at Soundfix

    photo from Sunday's Southpaw show by Cary Conover So no Moldy Peaches on the Conan O'Brien Show last night. As mentioned here, Kimya Dawson and Adam Green had accepted an invitation for another 'reunion' on Monday night's show. ("How could we say no to that weirdo?" Kimya wrote on her LiveJournal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006
  • News

    March 21, 2006

    Garbage Fight

    Union says waste kings trash a health plan for workers

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bloomberg: Some of Koch's Style, None of His Resolve

    The Bloomberg/Pataki position that no talks will resume until the Transport Workers Union returns to work flies in the face of city history. Former Labor Commissioner Robert Linn could not recall any city strike that had ever ended without a negotiated settlement, adding that "it was clearly not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005


    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2005

    Pier Pressure

    Longshoremen's union insists the mob's shadow is receding

  • News

    November 15, 2005

    Labor Rebel

    A voice for change

  • News

    September 13, 2005

    Blowback From Katrina

    Bush tries a P.R. approach. Basic problems of health care, jobs, housing remain

  • Books

    August 30, 2005

    The Book of (Bad) Jobs

    White collar, hard times: 'Nickel and Dimed' author Ehrenreich goes corporate

  • News

    December 7, 2004

    The Mob's Engineers

    The underworld's reach into the men who build New York's skyscrapers

  • News

    May 4, 2004
  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Bush’s Unemployment Line

    Newest labor statistics show that at least snow jobs are on the rise

  • News

    November 18, 2003

    Mixed Signals

    Layoffs, Headline News Coming to WBAI

  • News

    July 8, 2003

    Showdown for the Phone Union

    With a Nod From Washington, Verizon Prepares for Battle

  • News

    April 22, 2003

    Bloomberg at the Crossroads

    With a Budget That Will Define Him, Mayor Mike Pushes Pataki, Unions

  • News

    February 4, 2003

    Pataki's Ex–Labor Aide Charged

    Former Commissioner Drove Own Sweet Deals

  • News

    November 6, 2001

    Are We Dead Yet?

    Media Industry Hit by Rolling Layoffs

  • News

    July 10, 2001

    Rescuing Martin Luther King Jr.

    A Craving for Equal Justice

  • News

    May 15, 2001


    Thousands of City Nurses Protest Staffing Levels

  • News

    April 10, 2001

    Brill’s Contempt

    The Media Watchdog Has No Teeth

  • News

    January 2, 2001
  • News

    December 19, 2000

    Life on the Outside

    After 16 Years in Prison Elaine Bartlett Came Home to a City and a Family She Barely Knew. Freedom Wasn’t at All What She’d Imagined

  • News

    October 24, 2000

    Here's Your Piece of the Pie

    Salon Reaches Out to Freelancers

  • Columns

    October 24, 2000
  • News

    October 24, 2000

    Kent Avenue Freeze-Out

    Dilemma at Domino for Striking Sugar Workers

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Portrait of a Protest

    Taking globalization personally: Nine New Yorkers say what moved them to march on the IMF

  • News

    December 29, 1998
  • News

    November 10, 1998

    I Spy

    Is The Ceo Reading Your E-Mail?

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